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The Importance of Foot Care with Diabetes

The Importance of Foot Care with Diabetes

Competent Care Home Health Helps Orange County Patients Maintain Proper Diabetic Foot Care

When it comes to diabetic foot care for Orange County CA patients, home health nursing professionals at Competent Care Home Health have been helping keep patients safe for decades. By helping patients care for their feet, our skilled nurses maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of debilitating complications. For in-home nursing in Orange County, Competent Care Home Health is the choice for assistance with diabetes, diabetic foot care and other ailments.

Why Foot Care Matters

Diabetes can cause circulation problems and nerve damage. These side effects can lead to infections and a loss of blood supply to the extremities. To reduce the impact of diabetes, it’s important to keep feet healthy by completing daily inspections and by maintaining proper diabetic foot care.

Diabetic foot care requires a number of basic care steps, including:

  • Daily Inspections
    All areas of the feet should be checked, including the soles, heels, tops and in between the toes for blisters, bruises, calluses, cuts, increased warmth, redness, sores and tenderness.
  • Daily Washes
    Warm (not hot) and mild soaps should be used to thoroughly wash feet every day. Patients should test the water with fingers or elbow, as diabetes can sometimes make it difficult to gauge water temperature with the feet.
  • Dry Your Feet
    Moist areas can breed infection. Feet should be dried well by patting the feet, not rubbing. The area between the toes should be particularly emphasized.
  • Moisturize
    For rough and dry skin, use a lotion or oil, but not between the toes.
  • Trim The Nails

Toenails should be trimmed regularly straight across. Rough edges should be filed. It’s best to cut toenails right after bathing when they are soft. Cuticles should not be cut and care should be taken not to cut into the corners of toes. Ingrown toenails should be addressed by a podiatrist.

  • Wear Socks and Shoes
    Feet should be covered by socks and shoes. Feet and toes should be well insulated against cold and wet moisture. Avoid shoes with high heels, pointed toes or that expose your heels or toes. Socks should be changed daily and be made with natural fibers such as cotton, wool or a cotton-wool blend. Socks should be loose.
  • Avoid Temperature Extremes
    When walking on the beach or hot pavement, shoes should be worn. Do not use electric blankets, heating pads or hot water bottles.
  • Keep Circulation Flowing
    When you’re seated, put your feet up. Be sure to wiggle your toes, move ankles up and down and avoid crossing your legs.

Competent Care Services

When it comes to in-home nursing in Orange County, Competent Care Home Health helps patients and their families with a range of important services. In addition to diabetic care and diabetic foot care, we provide a host of other home health nursing services, including wound care, post-operative surgical care, physical therapy, respite care and palliative care. We have worked extensively with Orange County clients to help patients with developmental disabilities, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. We work closely with the patient’s medical team to observe, recommend and advise on progress, symptoms and side effects. If you are looking for an in home nurse to assist you with diabetic foot care or other nursing care, contact Competent Home Health Care.


The Best Way For Communicating With Your In Home Nurse

The Best Way For Communicating With Your In Home Nurse

Competent Care Home Health Helps Patients and
Medical Teams Communicate about Home Nurse Care

Home nurse care in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa is most effective when nurses work with the medical team, patient and family to ensure smooth and clear communication. When you need home health nursing Orange County residents can rely on Competent Care Home Health to make sure that the lines of communication are open in all directions.

When recuperating at home after surgery, an illness, hospitalization or transition from a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital, it’s important that patients have a clear understanding of the treatment plan, medication needs, follow-up, signs of complications and other medical issues that can arise.

Having someone who is closely monitoring the patient and can translate complicated medical verbiage, while providing care and observing a patient is where home health care makes all the difference. At Competent Care Home Health, we work closely with physicians, surgeons, pharmacists and other care providers to make sure you or your loved one has the right information and is cared for properly.

Our in home nurses emphasize communication at each step along the way. Communication should be nearly constant, especially if there are complications, questions or concerns. Our in home nurses can help get answers and interpret those answers while caring for our patients.

The importance of communication is never more acute than upon discharge. Patients, family members and in home nurses need to be clear on follow-up instructions and make sure questions are answered before a patient leaves a medical facility. Misunderstandings can often arise and having a trained medical professional lets you keep your loved one on the path to healing.

At Competent Care Home Health, we make sure our in home nurses follow these best practices:

  • Be A Good, Active Listener – We want to ensure we understand your questions, observations and concerns.
  • Avoid Interrupting – We understand that interruptions can lead to frustration, even anger, and we make sure our nurses respect our family partners.
  • Be Sensitive – Our nurses want to create a space where you can be comfortable asking any and all questions. Don’t worry if you feel you’re asking too many questions. We will answer them to the best of our abilities, drawing on our experience and training.
  • Ask The Right Questions – There will certainly be times we ask yes-or-no questions, but often it’s open-ended questions that help us understand how a patient is doing and what needs to be addressed during a visit.
  • Be Honest – It’s our job to be completely truthful with you. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll tell you that too.
  • Practice Compassion – We understand that recuperation is stressful for the patient and the family members involved. We are here to listen to your concerns in addition to those of the patient.
  • Respect Difference – Our world is enriched by the differences we bring. We want to respect cultural and religious preferences and will work to understand your wishes when it comes to the patient’s identity characteristics.

At Competent Care Home Health, we have decades of experience providing in home health nursing Orange County residents deserve. For more information about home nurse care in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, contact Competent Care Home Health today.


Providing Wound Care in the Home

Providing Wound Care in the Home

Competent Care Home Health in Costa Mesa Provides In Home
Wound Care Nursing Throughout Orange County CA

Caring for wounds at home is an important part of in-home nursing. The in-home nurses from Competent Care Home Health can provide the proper wound care for your loved one in the comfort of your home, watch for complications, consult with the rest of the caregiving team and help the patient heal faster. Our skilled practitioners are experienced and well trained in the latest standards of practice and advances in wound care management. Our nurses have extensive knowledge of the different devices and products used for proper wound care.

Multiple Benefits of In-Home Wound Care

Having an in-home nurse assist with wound care has multiple advantages for the patient and his or her family, including:

  • Reduced time spent changing dressings
  • Improved patient comfort
  • Accelerated healing processes and recovery time
  • Fewer complications
  • An in-person resources for questions
  • Better patient outcomes

In-home nurses provide a continuity of care that is effective in helping patients. Our licensed nurses have experience working with a wide variety of wounds and can help patients cope with the challenges of wound recovery while preventing debilitating complications that can arise with improper wound care.

Our nurses also can help patients by recommending the right support surfaces or devices that help enhance healing and prevent further wounds or complications. Our employees help to teach self-monitoring regarding the signs and symptoms of common complications and best practices for in-home wound management and prevention.

In addition, nurses can assist the patient and caregivers regarding the foods and diets that help to promote faster wound healing and advise on activities that may or may not be appropriate at various stages of wound recovery.

A Valued Partner

Perhaps most importantly, Competent Care Home Health nurses act as a liaison between the patients, caregivers and the medical team overseeing the recovery. The in-home nurse will consult with physicians, share observations and describe progress or concerns.

In-home nursing helps ensure a smooth transition from an inpatient stay and home recovery, providing for continuity and adherence to discharge instructions. Our nurses know how to treat a full range of wounds including feeding tube openings, surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, fistulas, arterial ulcers, pressure ulcers, and tubes and drains.

At Competent Care Home Health, our nurses provide a full array of services related to wound care, including:

  • Preventing the discomfort and pain from bedsores and other ailments common with wound recovery
  • Healing assistance for painful abscesses and ulcers
  • Cleaning and caring for feeding tube sites
  • Managing pain
  • Boosting ease and comfort of patients
  • Listening and answering concerns of patients and care providers

In addition to wound care, Competent Care Home Health offers a full array of home health nursing care services to Costa Mesa and Orange County residents. Our services include post-operative surgical care, physical therapy, patient assessment, patient evaluation, long- and short-term skilled care, in-hospital private nursing, palliative care and caregiver respite care.

All our nurses undergo extensive background checks, including criminal checks, prior to hiring. Our registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses can help care for patients with spinal cord injuries, developmental disabilities, ventilator dependency and traumatic brain injury. Competent Care Home Health is the place to turn when you want the best in-home care for yourself or your loved one.